LEGAL580-21A (HAM)

Special Topic: International Sales and Finance Law

15 Points

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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law


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Paper Description

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This course discusses selected important legal issues in international sale of goods and financing international sale in the modern global era. Principal topics include: international sale of goods under the commonly adopted terms such as FOB and CIF among others, and under the terms of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International sale of Goods 1980; and means of payment (finance) in international sale focusing on letters of credit.

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Paper Structure

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The paper will be taught through weekly 2 hour lectures. It will be taught both on-campus and through Zoom or equivalent.

This course is FLEXI and the lectures will also be available via Zoom. The only exception to this are classes timetabled in rooms without recording functionality.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning outcomes

    Demonstrate skills in contemporary problem solving in selected legal issues on international sale of good and financing international sale;

    Demonstrate knowledge of the law relating to the selected legal issues in New Zealand;

    Demonstrate knowledge of the law relating to the selected legal issues in number of international jurisdictions, especially common law jurisdictions, and contracting states of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods;

    Demonstrate knowledge of the development of law relating to the selected legal issues in this area.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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The assessment consists of a research proposal, an oral presentation and research essay.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Research proposal
14 May 2021
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Presentation/discussion
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Research Essay
18 Jun 2021
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Recommended Texts:

M. Bridge, The International sale of goods (4th ed, Oxford University Press, 2018), online assess available via University of Waikato Library (may be subject to time limit)

Gillette & Walt, The UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: theory and practice (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Jason Chuah, Law of International Trade: Cross-border Commercial Transactions (5th ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2013), Chapters 5, 11, 15

M. Bridge, The International Sales of Goods (3rd ed, Oxford University Press, 2013)

Schwenzer, Fountoulakis & Dimsey, International Sales Law: A Guide to the CISG (2nd ed, Hart Publishing, 2012)

Alternatively, students might use other known textbooks in this area.

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Other Resources

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at or call 838 4008.

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Students should expect to spend 300 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation for the research assignment and oral presentation.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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